PROPHECY HEADLINES: China deploys surface-to-air missiles on disputed islands | Turkey pushes for ground operations in Syrian war | Germany says it won’t normalize relations with Iran until it recognizes Israel
PROPHECY BOOTCAMP: Our topic for today is titled “War in Heaven? Part 6” from Dr. Ed Hindson’s book “Revelation: Unlocking the Future.”
— Key Players: the Dragon: Satan
The “great red dragon having seven heads and ten horns” appears next. He is identified in Revelation 12:9 as “the serpent of old who is called the devil and Satan.” Therefore, there can be no debate over his identity. He is called the “accuser of our brethren… who accuses them before our God day and night”. This description is reminiscent of Satan’s activities in the book of Job. He is also described as the one who tried to devour the male child as soon as he was born.
The whole passage reminds us of the great spiritual warfare going on behind the scenes of human history. While King Herod attempted to kill the baby Jesus soon after His birth, it was actually Satan who provoked the murderous intent. The crucifixion of Christ may also be in view here as well. Even then, Satan is pictured as the evil one provoking the crowd to shout, “Crucify Him!”
OCCUPY TILL I COME: We are continuing our journey through the book, “Coming Events and Present Duties,” by J.C. Ryle. This section is titled, “Watch” (Part 36) based on the parable of the foolish and wise virgins in Matthew 25:1-13. J.C. Ryle writes:
I can imagine some saying, “This is asking far too much. To be ready for Christ’s appearing! This is far too high a standard. This is fanaticism. There would be no living in the world at this rate. This is a hard saying. Who can hear it?”